“Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.” – James 1:27
We are excited to launch our annual initiative True Religion which we would invite you again to make a special part of your Christmas.
True religion is not defined by religious practice or activity but by the outworking of our faith in God that is seen by our genuine love and care for others, and in particular those that are vulnerable.
Enjoyers, as we begin planning our Christmas festivities lets also consider who the vulnerable might be amongst us and as we launch True Religion lets do this on two fronts, locally and internationally.
Whoever that person or family is, we are asking every Enjoyer to intentionally explore what might make Christmas special for them.
We also have an opportunity this year to partner with a number of local Victorian prisons to make a difference in the lives of children who live with the reality of having one or both parents in prison.
The funds raised will go towards enabling incarcerated parents to provide gifts for their children. In all cases, parents will have the opportunity to personally select the gift they would like their child to receive and then have the opportunity to give it to them.
A financial gift of:
$28 will cover one child’s gift
$56 two children’s gifts
$84 three children’s gifts
As we consider who the vulnerable might be locally, lets also secondly consider who these might be beyond our borders, such as in the nation of Cambodia where we have a number of established partnerships.
One of these established partnerships is with ACCI and their Cambodia Rural Empowerment Project. This project aims to empower and equip rural communities in Cambodia, enabling them to improve their quality of life and to self-determine and direct their own development.
It has been incredible to see first hand the effects of this empowerment, as individuals come to understand that they can be the active agents of change in their own community.
From today right up until Christmas Day you will have the opportunity to partner financially with Cambodian communities by purchasing components of development that have come out of their own community development planning… for example;
You are able to purchase a swing tag from the Info Desk at your location this Sunday.
Together we can make Christmas special for those in our local communities and the rural communities in Cambodia. Thank you for your continued generosity in seeing lives transformed and communities restored.